Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29811
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis
BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ****
Kia ora from Aotearoa.
We were slow getting started with this one and then a few tricky bits along the way so three stars for difficulty. Lots of fun of course too.
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9a Hit back at volunteers employed by online seller making a comeback (9)
RETALIATE : A word for an online seller is reversed and contains the two letters that were formerly used for volunteer soldiers.
10a Pointed remarks from lawyers with briefs lacking content (5)
BARBS : A collective noun for barristers and then the first and last letters (lacking content) of briefs.
11a Thrill of quote by former partner (6)
EXCITE : The usual abbreviation for a former partner and then a synonym for quote.
12a Cue from soldiers and bodyguard (8)
REMINDER : Engineering soldiers, then a bodyguard who brought Arthur Daley to mind for us.
13a Prone to drink plonk, taking cap off (6)
SUPINE : A three letter word meaning to drink and then the beverage sometimes called plonk without its first letter (cap off).
19a Blunt point (6)
DIRECT : A double definition.
21a Sort of business college once attached to Doctor No (8)
MONOPOLY : Start with a medical officer (doctor), then ‘No’ from the clue, and finally a now obsolete name for a tertiary training establishment.
26a Small and delicate female found in river flowing west (5)
ELFIN : The reversal of a long African river contains F(emale).
27a Gold in toilet facility for the president of the yacht club! (9)
COMMODORE : A toilet facility that might contain a gazunder surrounds the heraldic word for gold.
28a Direct view of Spooner’s indication of dawn? (4,2,5)
LINE OF SIGHT : It’s hard to write a hint for Spoonerisms. Direct view is the definition.
3d Shared objectives may produce shock problem (5,4)
SPLIT ENDS : Shared or divided and then objectives or goals. The shock has nothing to do with a fright or electricity.
4d State officers originally provide crew (4)
OMAN : The first letter of officers, then provide crew, or staff.
5d Impressive carriage in attendance (8)
PRESENCE : A double definition. Impressive carriage could be charisma.
6d Arab bitterness about spiritual leader (5)
RABBI : A lurker, hiding in the clue.
7d Financial institution ruins new queen (7)
INSURER : An anagram (new) of RUINS and Her Majesty’s regnal cypher.
8d Caution from coppers covering game day (8)
PRUDENCE : Coppers or small change contains NZ’s national game and D(ay.)
18d Doorstep millions holding stickers up (7)
LIMPETS : A reverse lurker, hiding in the clue.
20d Flood coming from fissure under hill (7)
TORRENT : A word from Celtic for a hill and then a fissure or tear.
22d Parking on road the wrong way is punishable in law (5)
PENAL : P(arking), then the reversal of a small roadway.
24d Spike may be mistaken getting power for women (5)
PRONG : Start with a word meaning mistaken and replace its initial W(omen) with P(ower).
25d Occasionally calm second rounds (4)
AMMO : The second and fourth letters of calm, then a second or short period of time.
Quickie pun nigh + towels = night owls